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Should I dual boot?

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:32 am
by typhoton
Hi! Also someone who has become fed up with Windows myself, and am planning to build a decent-spec PC in the not-too-distance future without Windows on it if at all possible. I've heard a lot of really great things about Linux, especially the interfaces that already have had a lot of work put into them, like Ubuntu and Mint. However I've also been told I ought to dual-boot, because a lot of things are not compatible with Linux. Is this true, or with some research and patience could I do alright without Windows?

Moderator: split from another topic and changed to an appropriate subject line. "Introduce yourself" is not usually a good place to post questions.

Re: Hello

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:56 am
by Moem
Hi, Typhoton, welcome! I've split your reply off into a separate topic, so we can welcome you properly and you can get your question answered without hijacking someone elses post.

Re: Should I dual boot?

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:03 am
by jimallyn
Welcome aboard, typhoton! Apparently as I was moving your post to Installation & Boot, Moem was splitting your post off but leaving it in Introduce yourself. So, here it is. If you don't get an answer to your question, post again in the Installation & Boot forums section, where you are more likely to get the answers you are looking for.

Re: Should I dual boot?

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:11 am
by michael louwe
@ typhoton, .......
typhoton wrote: However I've also been told I ought to dual-boot, because a lot of things are not compatible with Linux. Is this true, or with some research and patience could I do alright without Windows?
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It very much depends on your needs or computer usage, eg most businesses and professionals need Windows because most business and professional software do not support Linux due to its miniscule world marketshare of about 2%, eg AutoCAD, TurboTax, eClinic, etc. For a home-user who mostly does web-surfing, Linux is quite compatible.
... You should take LM out for a "test-drive" by booting a Live LM DVD/USB and check its compatibility for your needs.

Re: Should I dual boot?

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:28 am
by Spearmint2
Get one of these flash drives with Linux Mint already on it,with persistence enabled, and never have to touch the hard drive with windows on it. When you boot, look for the option to boot to a different drive (usually press F12 key) and then choose the USB flashdrive instead. Works just like it was installed to hard drive. You can keep it on your keychain all the time if you want. You can add other programs onto it also.

Re: Should I dual boot?

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:31 am
by Pierre
most Folks Do start off, with Dual_Booting with the Windows System.
:o
then, as they find replacements for those programs that they use on the Windows System,
they then, start to use the Windows System, less & less often, until:
- at some point, they then think about ditching the Windows System entirely.
this is what would be recommended that you also do, at least, initially anyway.

Re: Should I dual boot?

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:54 pm
by WharfRat
Hello typhoton Image

Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)